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Quiet Village 100th Episode Commemorative Shot Mug
SOLD OUT!

I cannot thank you all enough who ordered a 100th Episode Commemorative Coconut Shot Mug!  They are  sold out.  Those of you who have not got yours yet, hang on.  Eric October os feverishly sculpting each one individually for you.  .  Thank you all for ordering and helping to support the podcast.  100% of the profit from these mugs is going to keep the servers humming for both the podcast and Quiet Village Radio!  So MAHALO!

Episode 104 & 105: Restaurant Records

[8.21.21] I have wanted to do this show for a long long time and finally, here it is.  Restaurant records and live albums.  There are tons of live rock and jazz albums out there. But live Tiki albums are a rare thing.  Add to that mix, restaurant records.  These are exceptionally rare albums, many of which were sold only at the restaurant itself.  Some are live recordings, some are studio recordings that promote both the house band and the restaurant itself.  Definitely a lot genre today.
This show will be a 2 parter.  Enjoy as we put on our best jackets and head uptown and go out to dinner.
Episode 104 listen.

Quiet Village 100th Episode L.E. Mugs are ALMOST GONE!

[08.09.21] As of 8/9/21 there are less than 10 slots for orders of the customized 100th Episode Commemorative mugs.  These are sculpted each by hand by artist Eric October.  Order at the gift shop now before they are gone!

Captain Lush's Grog recipe - Created by Hamo

A wonderful listener named Hamo created a tasty cocktail just for the Quiet Village.  It is the "Captain Lush's Grog".  Mix'em Up, Suck'em Up!
CAPTAIN LUSH'S GROG:
1 oz gold Jamaican rum
1 oz Demerara rum
1/2 oz overproof white Jamaican rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz white grapefruit juice
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/2 oz passion fruit syrup
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 oz grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
1/2 oz 151-proof Demerara rum (float)

Blend with crushed ice and pour unstrained into a Marty Lush double old-fashioned glass. Float 151-proof rum, and garnish with an inverted paper umbrella, lime shell, and flaming sugar cube.

100th Episode & Shot Mug

[4.4.21]  Its hard to believe that the 100th episode is here.  Its been a long road.  But we're here.  Now you can hear the 100th episode right now-- which features a special rare interview with Martin Denny!

But wait! There's more--as they say on those TV info-mercials.  No we don't have Ginsu knives.  But we do have an amazing small coconut shot ceramic mug by none-other than our resident artist Eric October.  You can get your's now and celebrate with the Quiet Village!  Each mini mug is hand crafted by Eric.  And as a bonus, you can get your mug customized with your name or tiki handle on it before its hand glazed and kiln fired.  100 mugs will be made that can be customized.  Go to the Quiet Village Gift Shop now to pre-order your mug.  Because each mug is hand produced, I am expecting the first finished mugs to ship around early-mid May.  You will be notified when your mug ships via email.  Happy 100th!

Episode 99: Tim "Swanky" Glazner talks about the Mai-Kai

[3.5.21]   The Mai-Kai is still closed--Not because of COVID (although that is a factor), but because of the water damage.  It seemed fitting to invite Swanky (Tim Glazner) on the show to talk about the beloved Tiki Temble in Ft. Lauderdale.  We talk about his amazing book about the history of the place and the people known as the Mai-Kai.  We learn more details about the damage and what it will take to get the doors open again.  Tim also discloses his lates project: a biography book and movie about the life of Don the Beachcomber.  Don't miss this one.  Listen now.

The music of Episode 98

I get emails from listeners all the time and I have to say its like opening a Christmas present when I see a new message from a listener to the radio station or the podcast.  Thank you all.  Sometimes, I get recommendations for music and links to reissues of older records that have been digitally reissued.   Such is the case with Bob & Wendy Cripe.  Bob is regularly sending me links to music--not just Exotica, but music of all types.  So I thought I'd invite him and his lovely wife Wendy on the show to present the tunes they have turned me on to.  Bob has created a wonderful Spotify playlist.  Here is the link.  Enjoy.  Check out the episode, now available.

The Mai-Kai is for sale.  Sign the Petition to Protect it.

[1.28.21]  Yes your read that right.  The Mai-Kai, a tiki institution housed in Ft Lauderdale, Florida is up for sale.  At least that's the news.  The roof water damage is more extensive and costly that first estimated. So the family owning the historic Tiki temple has put the restaurant fully or partially for sale.   The best case scenario would be for someone to buy into the Mai-Kai as a partner or angel in this case and provide the funds needed to complete repairs and reopen the doors.  The worst case scenario would be total sale, which would leave the restaurant's future in doubt.  
A petition to the city council where the Mai-Kai lives has been started.  As of this writing the petition has made the 5,000 signature threshold.  But it certainly wouldn't' hurt to see much more signatures that are required.  So here is the link to the online petition.  Do you Tiki civic duty.
PETITION.COM - SAVE THE MAI-KAI  

Radio Stream - Important Info

UPDATE [1.15.21]  As of right now the web player on this site is fully functioning.  Until the other web services like TuneIn and vTune, Radio.net, etc update their directories, you can tune in here on the Quiet Village Radio page.


[1.14.21]  My apologies to everyone on this:  The radio server is going down for a short time.  My server host is making some big changes.  Recently the URL (web address) for the radio station changed and all seemed good. But now the stream is about to change addresses again.  Yes, I know.  I'm sorry.  This one is beyond my control.  

So if your Quiet Village Radio stream has gone down, it is because of this.  I am working as fast as I can to get all the server aggregates updated with the new URL.

Mai-Kai Down, Kowloon Out.

[01.08.21]  In these unprecedented times of bad news stories piling on us faster than we can digest, there is more in the Tiki world.  Recently it was reported that the Mai-Kai, a true national treasure of a tiki temple in Florida, had an unfortunate and rather catastrophic roof cave in due to water damage.  The official announcement from the restaurant management stated that the restaurant is now closed "until further notice".  In news reports and press releases, it was carefully worded to make sure people understood this closure was temporary. But due to the extensive damage, thus the cost of repairs dictated a long closure that they could not put a reopen date on it yet.  This is sad news but the Mai-Kai will go on.  We must all keep in mind that the Mai-Kai is an old building by many standards.  It is in a part of the country that is plagued by excessive moisture and deadly weather (hurricanes) on an annual basis.  Upkeep is very high.  It was only a few years back that I was sitting in the dinning room of the Mai-Kai with the knowledge that the restaurant was definitely closing.  As I sat there with revelers from that year's Hukilau event, the announcement was made that the restaurant will stay open--the crowd cheered on their feet.  The Mai-Kai narrowly dodged a bullet.  And this time as well, tt will reopen.   In the meantime, some on social media have started GoFundMe campaigns to help.  The Mai-Kai quickly asked that they stop as their insurance claims might be affected by the knowledge that the restaurant was receiving outside money for repairs.  But some have shifted to funding campaigns to help the staff who are displaced by the closure.  Stay tuned.  More will be coming in.

Kowloon restaurant resides in Saugus, Massachusetts, not a part of the country that is typically associated with balmy tropical nights.  When it opened in 1958, it was at the head of a coming wave of Polynesian themed eateries and watering holes that were about to sweep the United States.  It has been operating rather busily since.  Now, news has just been released that the Kowloon will definitely face the wrecking ball.  Yes, you read that right.  Yet another old-school Tiki temple's flame is about to be extinguished to literally  be paved over by new "mixed use" developments.  Time marches on and sometimes it tramps all over our pop-culture history.  This was also the exact same sad fate of the historical (in my humble opinion) Don the Beachcomber/Sam's Seafood restaurant/building in Seal Beach, CA--a Tiki paradise that stood since the days of prohibition was unceremoniously shuttered to make room for...hold your hat...for condos! 

These recent news bits raise the question in my mind as they have come up time and time again: how old is old enough to be preserved?  It seems that in the United States, we (as a society) tend to think of something that is 100+ years old to be worthy of seriously considering public conservation of architecture.  The only exception is a rare building by a noted architect--and those instances are exceedingly rare.  I ask the question rhetorically, just to put it out into the cosmos: "Why is our American Mid-Century Pop Culture history repeatedly less worthy of being saved than some other locales"?  The Mai-Kai in particular should be on the National Register of Historic Places.  Period.  Full Stop.  

Mai-Kai Restaurant official web page  ||  Article about Mai-Kai Closure 2020  ||  Kowloon's Official Web Page || Kowloon News Article from Boston Globe

48 Hours of Christmas Tiki Tunes

Starting at midnight on Christmas eve,  and running all through Christmas Day and Night.

Its that time again.  Quiet Village Radio will host the annual full 48 hours of Exotica, Surf, Lounge and kitschy easy listening tunes to help make your pandemic yuletide a little brighter. 

NOW AVAILABLE: Tiki Joe's Ocean Christmas albums-Remastered

[12.07.20] By popular demand, both of Tiki Joe's Ocean's Christmas albums are now available for digital download purchase directly through TJO's web site. 

Both albums have been remastered for optimal clarity by yours truly.   When you purchase the Christmas albums downloads, you get BOTH hi resolution MP3s and Apple Lossless format (M4A) for the best sound quality.

To purchase, click her to go to the TJO store page.

Welcome to the New Quiet Village !

[7.1.20] It is hard to beleive that back in 2008, the first Quiet Village Podcast episode debuted. I have to be honest, I never invisioned the show lasting this long. I am humbled by the response from listeners and the show's audience has grown to well over 20,000--all by word of mouth.

Nostalgia is cool, but sometimes its just time to do a little renovation. So I give you the new DigiTiki.com web site design. Its a bit different, but still familair. This site is now more friendly for those viewing on smart devices.

So Mahalo! to all the listeners and Mahalo for visiting the site!

Tiki Joe's Ocean Albums Remastered

[7.1.20] One of our very good friends Andy Nazzal, the founder and creative force behind Tiki Joe's Ocean has just begun releasing his collection of albums on all major digital sales and online streaming services. All of the music has been meticulously remastered in 24-bit digital clarity. In Andy's own words; "These sounds better than the initial releases!"  The first two albums "The Exoticaing Waves" and "Under the Midnight Sun" (which won a Hawaiian Music Award for Best Exotica album the year of its release) are now available on most streaming services.  "Soul of the Sea" the third TJO album, will be reissued soon.

Until now, if you wanted to listen to TJO music, you had to order the CD directly or catch a track on Quiet Village Radio. Now you can listen to the fantastic tunes from TJO and even purchase albums as high quality digital downloads.  

Two Exotica projects I am am very proud to have had a hand in. Check'em out!

"Leis of Jazz, Vol. 2"
Alika Lyman Group

From Hawaii, Alika Lyman comes with a heartfelt tribute to his Great Uncle Arthur Lyman. This album spans the gamut of vintage combo jazz and classic Exotica, featuring original compositions and Hawaiian standards. I am proud to have produced this album!
Ltd. Ed. colored vinyl & CD available.

"Far Away Lands: The Exotic Music of Gene Rains"

Gene Rains is the third man of mid-century Exotica, right behind Lyman and Denny.  Rains' music was almost forgotten.  I'm happy to say I helped produce this compilation containing selections from all three of Rains' LP's. Well known music chronologist Randy Poe provides extensive liner notes that also include the original LP cover art.  This CD is already sold out and in high demand!

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Quiet Village Mai Tai Recipes

The mai-tai is a cornerstone of the various things that make up the Tiki asthetic.  Trader Vic's restaruant and its founder Victor Burgeron lay claim to enventing it--way back in 1944! The name Mai-Tai comes from the Tahitian phrase "Mai Tai Roa E'" which roughly translates into "The Best" or "Out of This World!"  Today, there are countless different versions of the beloved rum drink, including mine.  So for nostalgia sake, here is the original Trader Vic's recipe:

• 2 oz 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
• 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat
• 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
• 1/4 oz Rock Candy Syrup
• juice from one fresh lime
Hand shake and garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint at the edge of the glass.

Even Vic himself tinkered with the recipe over the years and goodness knows other resteraunteurs reverse engenieered, borrowed (cough, cough) the recipe for their own.  

ORIGINAL QUIET VILLAGE MAI TAI 
My version was actually inspired by the very very boozey mai tais served at the Bali-Hai restaurant in San Diego.  I dialed theirs back a bit but I do like mine a little on the drier side, so I nixed the curacao and replaced both it and the rock candy syrup with sweet n' sour.  The result is a very satisfying, lightly drier version that retains the original flavor of the classic.

• 1 oz Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum (can substitute simple white rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark Rum (can sub. any dark rum)
• .75 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz sweet & sour
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
Fill Quiet Village Mai Tai glass full of crushed ice. Set spent lime shell aside. Pour in all ingredients into glass EXCEPT Demerara rum. Pour glass contents into another glass and back into Mai Tai glass to gently mix ingredients. Throw in spent lime shell. Float splash of Demerara 151 rum on top of drink. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and marischino cherry speared to pineapple wedge. Enjoy while listening to the Quiet Village Podcast.
A QUICK WORD ABOUT THE RUMS - I have experimented with many rums and, while I am not a product endorser, I can vouch for the fact that the BEST tasting Q.V. Mai Tai will come from using the Appleton and Caruba Dark rums.  I cannot stress enough how good the drink is with THESE rums!

THE QUIET VILLAGE TOP SHELF MAI TAI
as if a great Mai Tai weren't enough, why not go top shelf?

• 1 oz Appleton Estate XV rum (or other quality amber rum)
• 1 oz Caruba Dark rum
• .5 oz sweet & sour
• .5 Cointreau
• .5 oz orgeat syrup
• splash Demerara 151 proof rum
• 1/2 large lime (fresh)

follow same instructions as above.

THE QUIET VILLAGE VODKA MAI TAI

Let's face it, some people just aren't rum drinkers--and that's ok.  I love vodka drinks too.  If you are entertaining and have friends who just aren't into rum, try this recipe.  It comes out surprisingly close to the rum Mai Tai version.
• 2 oz. vodka (can also use Citron flavored vodka)
• 1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
• 1 oz. Sweet n Sour
• .5 oz Orgeat syrup
• 3/4 oz fresh lime juice (or jucie of 1/2 large lime)
• .5 oz pineapple juice (optional)

Shake with crushed ice and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple wedge, speared to maraschino cherry.

What is Exotica?  What is Tiki Music?

What is "Tiki Music?
There really is no genre called "Tiki Music," but rather it is a group of genres (Exotica, Hawaiian, Ultra-Lounge and others) that generally fit well into a Tiki bar or tropical environment.

What is Exotica?
Exotica is a style of music popularized in the 1950's and 1960's in America and features atmospheric music designed to set a mood of far away tropical lands such as Hawaii or the Orient. The music stereotypically features sound effects like bird calls and jungle sounds, although relatively few albums in the genre actually featured such sounds.

Martin Denny is widely considered the "Father of Exotica" for having popularized the genre in the 50's and '60s. It was the title of Denny's first album "Exotica" that the genre gets its name.

Denny, along with his percussionist Augie Colon, invented the novelty of bird calls and jungle sounds within the music. The story goes that Denny's group was performing at the Shell Bar in Waikiki, HI which contained a water feature with frogs. When the band would start, the frogs would croak. When the music stopped, so would the frogs. People thought it was part of the music and began to request the songs with the frog sounds. Soon after, Colon-- a master bird caller, began to include bird calls in the songs.

While Denny is considered the "Father of Exotica," then Les Baxter must be credited as the "Grandfather of Exotica." Baxter, a master composer and arranger with Capitol Records in the 40's and on into the 70's, is the actual composer of such Denny classics as "Quiet Village", "Left Arm of Buddha", "Taboo" just to name a few.  Baxter is credited for what is widely considered THE first Exotica release: "Ritual of the Savage" which featured exotic rhythms borrowed from Latin and African music and featured song titles that evoked far away lands.

Although the genre is typically associated with out-of-print LP's from 50 years ago, there are a small handful of modern artists recreating and reinterpreting Exotica today.

Exotica on Wikipedia

Where can I get the music I hear on the show?

The music played on the Quiet Village Podcast and on Quiet Village radio comes from my own personal collection of albums that I have accumulated over years of collecting.  In recent times, many of the albums that were once very hard to find are now available on many streaming and digital stores worldwide.  However, there is still a large amount of music that has not been reissued.  In every episode of the Quiet Village Podcast, I try to make sure I delineate between a track that I play that is or is not currently available digitally.

Why the name DigiTiki?

I am first and formost a lover of music--Exotica and many other genres.  I am also an audio engineer.  So for me, I always strive to obtain the best possible sound quality of any recording.  I know that many are in love with the nostalgia and the "warm sound" of vinyl records.  While I do love the nostalgia of the pops and clicks, it doesn't come close the clean sounds available directly from the master tapes.  If the technology existed back then as it does today, I'm confident that the artists and engineers would have recorded their music with it.  There are so many deeply technical issues with why music sounds "warm" or "harsh".  But suffice to say, I love the digitial world.  I love the possibilities it affords.  I can go to an event with literally hundreds of LPs in my pocket on a hard drive (in digital form).  It would take a small moving an full of crates to haul that many vinyl albums--and my back just isn't up for that workout.  

If it were not for digital music formats, both the Quiet Village Podcast and Quiet Village Radio would not be possible by any stretch of the imagination.   Hence, the name-- Tiki gone Digital.  DigiTiki.

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